It looks as though Rafael Van der Vaart and fit wife Sylvie are moving to London. The Real Madrid midfielder, who recently claimed United were the only club he could join which wouldn’t be a step down, looks to be heading to Tottenham Hotspur on loan.

“If Manchester United could offer me first-team football with the situation as it is at Madrid, it would be very hard to turn down,” he said. “Alex Ferguson is a great coach and I would never think about joining a team where I didn’t believe I could win things, so all of a sudden that limits your choices. At Manchester United you know success is likely and that’s a big factor for me at this stage of my career.”

So, with Cleverley sent out on loan, why didn’t we go for him?